2007-12-21 / Community

RDRC Receives Workforce,Health Grants

The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) has received two important grants as the organization enters the new year.

The Clark Foundation, established in 1931, is one of the country's most prominent independent foundations, with a focus on children and youth services, education, employment and human services. Aligned with its mission to "improve the quality of life for all residents," the RDRC was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the foundation.

This grant is focused on providing job readiness, training and placement services to community residents. A second component of the grant will be to strengthen RDRC's organizational capacity - curriculum development, staff training and quality control/assurance. According to RDRC's Executive Director, Kevin W. Alexander, "This award represents a major accomplishment for our organization. With the 'NYC Works Program' ending this past September, RDRC, like many other organizations citywide, are struggling to maintain their workforce development programs. The Clark Foundation recognized RDRC's efforts in placing over 1,300 persons in temporary and permanent employment, vocational and educational programs this past year."

RDRC also received an award from the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC) for a Primary Care Initiative to improve the delivery of health care services in Far Rockaway. RDRC will be accountable for the following components of the initiative; conducting market research surveys, hosting community meetings and focus groups. The Primary Care Initiative is focused on persons of Latino origin living in the 11691 zip code. Tripp Umbach, a marketing research firm selected to oversee the citywide initiative and compile the data, will work closely with RDRC to complete the project.

Rachel Forde, RDRC's Director of Operations, believes, "This project represents an opportunity for RDRC to acquire a much-valued skill-set in the area of marketing research, while providing a much-needed service to our community."

For more information about RDRC's Workforce Development Program or the Primary Care Initiative, please contact Valerie West, Director of Community Relations & Government Affairs at 718.327.5300 or vwest@rdrc.org.

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